At Mar-a-Lago in Florida, the US President and Chinese President Xi Jinping sit down for an exquisite dinner in a regal setting. Across the world in the Mediterranean sea, off the coast of Syria, missiles are launched on order. The US President eats and negotiates as another war escalation is about to be announced
In the background, the reporting of Sy Hersh in 2013/14 should be remembered and considered as US war policy in Syria ominously shifts today. Robert Parry adds depth to the questions of sarin gas use in Idlib and the US attack on a Syrian air base without due investigation of the perpetrators and/or networks involved in the use of the gas agent. Reports of the transfer of weapons including sarin from Libya to rebel elements in Syria should be recalled.
The tactic of “false flag attacks” and purposeful provocations that have caused wars and escalations of wars throughout history have to be in any intelligence assessment.
With this escalation and without further investigation, sarin as casus belli should be seen as a fuse to be lit and readily ignite any future Mideast conflagration. A reaction is triggered. Presidential war powers issues and strategic policy issues are set aside even as political forces on the right and left question a quick-to-fire-away president.
With this missile strike and escalation, the pattern is set for provocative actions and reactions. Russian reactions are in motion. Moving into week thirteen in the new US administration, a shifting policy acts to ‘send a message’ to Russia and China — and throughout the Middle East.
The message? War policy will be what the US president orders in a day-to-day regime or, as Scott Ritter again has cautioned, the order of the day could be another case of disastrous decisions tied to flawed intel.
MOSCOW — Russia on Friday condemned the U.S. missile strike against Syrian government forces as an attack against its ally, and said it was pulling out of an agreement to minimize the risk of in-flight incidents between U.S. and Russian aircraft operating over Syria.
Creating effective Iraqi and Syria land forces remain critical challenges. The U.S. has been attempting to create a stable Iraq since 2003, and supported covert operations in Syria since 2012. It returned to a state of war in Iraq in 2014 and has been actively at war in Iraq and Syria since then, flying thousands of air strike sorties.
- Via Military.com / The U.S.-led coalition has flown more than 125,000 sorties in Iraq and Syria since Operation Inherent Resolve began in Aug. 8, 2014, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.
Re: An “exquisite dinner in a regal setting”, the President explained April 11th in an interview with Fox News Maria Bartiromo:
“I was sitting at the table, we had finished dinner. We’re now having dessert, and we had the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you have ever seen, and President Xi was enjoying it,” said Trump, who hosted the Chinese president at Mar-a-Lago last Thursday and Friday.
“And I was given the message from the generals that the ships are locked and loaded, what do you do? And we made a determination to do it,” Trump said about his decision to sign off on the airstrikes.
He continued, “And I said, Mr. President [Xi], let me explain something to you … so what happens is I said ‘We’ve just launched 59 missiles, heading to Iraq.'”
Bartiromo injected and corrected the president, “Headed to Syria.”
“Yes, heading toward Syria,” Trump said.